Norman Cousins said, “Death is not the ultimate tragedy. The ultimate tragedy is depersonalisation – dying in an alien and sterile arena, separated from the spiritual nourishment that comes from being able to reach out a loving hand…”
There was a time not so long ago where the death of residents in residential care settings was hidden. The final illness of the person was not mentioned to other residents, and when death occurred, not only was the dying resident often left alone, but the other residents were sent to their rooms or a ‘safe place’ so that the removal of the body would not be seen. That removal often consisted of a body bag on a wheeled stretcher hastily pushed through a back door. Often residents and staff were not even told of funeral plans, never mind being given opportunities to attend.
Thankfully, we now embrace far better alternatives. This course will talk about:
- Creating a good death in residential care settings
- Supporting families and staff as the end of life nears
- Ways to honour the life of the person who died
- Moving on
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There are 22 multiple choice or true/false questions and you require a pass rate of 80%. Don’t worry if you fail first time as you can retake the test anytime, go back and read the course materials and when ready come back and begin the test again.